What’s go­ing ON With Blake & ryan?

They seem like the per­fect cou­ple, but Ryan and Blake are hav­ing to put much more ef­fort into their mar­riage these days

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There’s one cou­ple who al­ways seem to be a Hol­ly­wood con­stant in our eyes, from gush­ing about each other in in­ter­views to parad­ing their idyl­lic family in front of the cam­eras – it’s cou­ple goals at its ab­so­lute best. But while ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing swim­mingly for Blake Lively and hus­band Ryan Reynolds, we’re told that pri­vately they’re bat­tling to stay on track, af­ter a series of per­sonal set­backs over the past few months.

It was back in Au­gust that Look first re­ported a strain on the cou­ple, af­ter Blake, who re­cently turned 30, re­turned to full-time film­ing fol­low­ing a ca­reer break to have chil­dren James, two, and Ines, 11 months.

‘We’re never apart for more than a week or so, so it’s not ter­ri­ble,’ said Ryan, back in 2015. How­ever, that’s now not the case as their sep­a­rate film­ing sched­ules reign. With Ryan, 40, cur­rently fin­ish­ing the sec­ond in­stal­ment of hit anti-hero flick Dead­pool, while Blake’s kick-started her come­back with All I See Is You, about the change in a cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship, fol­lowed by The Rhythm Sec­tion – a re­venge thriller with Jude Law.

We’re told that the work­load has left the usu­ally easy­go­ing cou­ple at log­ger­heads, as they des­per­ately try and squeeze in date nights and the ro­mance that once came so read­ily.

‘Ryan is on top of his game. His ca­reer is red hot,’ says a source. ‘Blake un­der­stands that but it’s dif­fi­cult. She misses him. She’s busy, too, so it’s a strug­gle for them to find qual­ity time to­gether.’

The ru­mours around Ryan’s younger co-star haven’t helped. Bri­anna Hilde­brand, 21, starred in the first Dead­pool film, and re­ports from the set have hinted at the pair be­ing close.

‘Peo­ple can’t help notic­ing how much time Ryan spends talk­ing to her on the side­lines,’ says our in­sider. But friends say there’s no truth to any ‘ro­mance’ ru­mours.

‘He’s en­cour­aged her to move to Hol­ly­wood full-time and has been giv­ing her ca­reer ad­vice, that’s all,’ says a close pal. ‘But it’s still been dif­fi­cult for Blake, ob­vi­ously.’ ‘Blake and Ryan Facetime nu­mer­ous times a day,’ says an­other friend. ‘They’re just hav­ing to make more time in their sched­ules for nor­mal cou­ple ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing, to en­sure the pas­sion in their re­la­tion­ship is still alive.’ Be­sides, Blake may be about to be part of her own drama. Ru­mours in Hol­ly­wood are rife that a Gos­sip Girl film is on the ta­ble and, if that hap­pens, it would mean Blake pair­ing up with her for­mer co-star and ex-boyfriend of three years, Penn Bad­g­ley. The pair dated be­tween 2007 and 2010 while film­ing the show and play­ing on-screen love in­ter­ests. Ob­vi­ously, we ab­so­lutely love Ryan and Blake, but Serena Van Der Wood­sen and Dan Humphrey back to­gether – there’s al­most noth­ing we’d rather see more…

Blake’s ex Penn Bad­g­ley (left) and Bri­anna Hilde­brand (right)

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